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August 10th, 2009


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03:59 pm - Best. WorldCon. Ever!
Holy Cow and Great Googlimoogli. After the preposterous stomach-turning stress trying to get Anticipation's Hugo Bases done in time for the convention two weeks ago (more on that some other time), the reaction has been completely overwhelming. Four (four!!!!) Hugo recipients included a comment about the design of their new award in their acceptance speeches. Frank Wu (Best Fan Artist) was in the middle of a sentence when his eyes dropped down to the trophy in his hands, and it completely derailed his train of thought. "This thing is gorgeous!"

Eight people have said to me that they think this year's base is the best one ever. I've heard the words "gorgeous" and "subtle" more times than I can count. There's been a crowd around the exhibition Hugo all day today, and it's Monday, when a lot of people have already left. One friend of mine said "Congratulations on being sort of the surprise winner at this year's Hugos." Somebody online posted that this year's base is "amazing."

The nominees got to see it before we headed downstairs for the ceremony itself, and two of them told me that they hadn't really been hoping to win until they saw what the award looked like this year.

"So how do you feel?"

"Like a just-opened bottle of champagne."

http://www.thehugoawards.org/hugo-trophies/2009-hugo-award-trophy/
Current Location: Montreal
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic

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From:bedii
Date:August 11th, 2009 02:59 am (UTC)
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Glad it was well received. The first quote *I* saw was:

"and I won what feels like the heaviest Hugo there ever was for The Graveyard Book."

Which immediately made me think "Oh, God, all the Gaiman fans are going to grab just that one line out of context and spread the word that Dave made the heaviest Hugo ever. This Isn't Fair!" Glad to hear that they were well regarded.
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From:snarke
Date:August 11th, 2009 05:29 am (UTC)

Weighty Matters

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I don't think it's really the heaviest Hugo, but it's definitely in the top quartile, easy.
From:ex_frankwu
Date:August 11th, 2009 05:46 am (UTC)
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David, it is, in fact, absolutely beautiful! Stunning. Like I said, I would have given you a shout-out by name during my thank-you speech if I had actually remembered your name (sorry). But it's beautiful!!!!
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From:snarke
Date:August 12th, 2009 05:30 am (UTC)

Why are you apologizing???!!!???

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Are you kidding? When you interrupted yourself to comment on the base, I think I squeaked or something. I'll have to ask Eric when I get home. But that was, like, The Coolest Thing Ever, to have distracted somebody during their acceptance speech! EeeeeeeEEEeEeEEEeeeee!
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From:scarlettina
Date:August 11th, 2009 06:24 am (UTC)
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Dave, I have only one comment: I told you so. :-) I'm so glad the base is a smash. You did a fabulous job with it. I'm only sorry I wasn't there to see you present it. jackwilliambell said you looked smashing and presented beautifully. I hope there's video somewhere.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 11th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)

hugo

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I'm soooo glad it all worked out. Congratulations?

Mom

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